Health

Health worse for baby boomer caregivers versus noncaregivers

(HealthDay)—Baby boomer caregivers more often have chronic health conditions and frequent mental distress (FMD) than noncaregivers, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Poor mental health in lockdown most common among young women

Young women are the most likely to have experienced high levels of depression, anxiety, and loneliness in lockdown, compared to older adults, according to new research from the UCL Center for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).

Neuroscience

Eye-tracking tech helps aged care assessment

Memory loss among older Australians is on the rise as the Baby Boomer generation enters retirement—but a new technique tested by Flinders University researchers that investigates cognitive skills through eye-tracking technology ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New US guidelines urge a hepatitis C check for most adults

Most American adults need to be checked for hepatitis C, say guidelines released Monday that urge millions more people to get screened for the liver-damaging virus that can fester for decades it's spotted.

Cardiology

Boomers have a drug problem, but not the kind you might think

Baby boomers – that's anyone born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964—are 20% of the population, more than 70 million Americans. Decades ago, many in that generation experimented with drugs that were both recreational and ...

Health

Patients seeking assisted dying confront a range of barriers

One in every five Americans now lives in a state with legal access to a medically assisted death. In theory, assisted dying laws allow patients with a terminal prognosis to hasten the end of their life, once their suffering ...

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Baby Boom Generation

Baby Boom Generation is a term which portrays a generation born during the middle part of the 20th Century. The birth years of the Baby Boom Generation are the subject of controversy. Historically, everyone born during the post-World War II demographic boom in births was called part of the Baby Boom Generation. However, as numerous experts have pointed out, generations have traditionally been based on the shared formative experiences of its members; this was the only time a generation had been named by the fertility rates of its members’ parents. This article deals with the Baby Boom Generation from a cultural perspective, while a separate article deals with the "Post-World War II baby boom".

In the United States, the Baby Boom Generation is stereotypically associated with cultural touchstones like the Howdy Doody, Star Trek and Mission Impossible TV shows, Woodstock, and the Anti-Vietnam War Movement. In general, baby boomers are associated with a rejection or redefinition of traditional values; however, many commentators have disputed the extent of that rejection, noting the widespread continuity of values with older and younger generations. In Europe and North America boomers are widely associated with privilege, as many grew up in a time of affluence. As a group, they were the healthiest, and wealthiest generation to that time, and amongst the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time.

One of the unique features of Boomers was that they tended to think of themselves as a special generation, very different from those that had come before them. In the 1960s, as the relatively large numbers of young people became teenagers and young adults, they, and those around them, created a very specific rhetoric around their cohort, and the change they were bringing about. This rhetoric had an important impact in the self perceptions of the boomers, as well as their tendency to define the world in terms of generations, which was a relatively new phenomenon.

The baby boom has been described variously as a "shockwave" and as "the pig in the python." By the sheer force of its numbers, the boomers were a demographic bulge which remodeled society as they passed through it.

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